“Dating your mom” and other stories from Ian Frazier

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Ian Frazier — winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor — turns his dry wit on everything from parenthood to global warming. October 11, He touches on the stresses and strains of family life but also uses the absurd to mock our self-promoting and celebrity-obsessed culture. It hurts to be left out. Already a subscriber?

Ian Frazier is the author of On the Rez, Great Plains, Family, Coyote v. Acme, and​, most recently, Dating Your Mom If you look through my items I adore this collection, since most of the essays concern unorthodox voyages.

Frazier, Ian Overview. Publication Timeline. Most widely held works about Ian Frazier. Most widely held works by Ian Frazier. On the rez by Ian Frazier Book 18 editions published between and in English and French and held by 2, WorldCat member libraries worldwide “[This book] is about modern-day American Indians, especially the storied Oglala Sioux, who live now on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the plains and badlands of the American West.

Crazy Horse, perhaps the greatest Indian War leader of the nineteenth century; and Black Elk, the holy man whose teachings became known around the world, were Oglala; Frazier visits their descendants on Pine Ridge Reservation–“the rez”–now one of America’s poorest places. With his longtime friend Le War Lance whom he first wrote about in his best-seller Great Plains and other Oglala, Frazier drives around the rez as they visit friends and relatives, go to powwows and rodeos and package stores, and tinker with various falling-apart cars.

In the career of SuAnne Big Crow, the most admired Oglala basketball player of all time, who died in a car accident in , Frazier finds a modern reemergence of the Sioux hero who saves her people; and he learns about the ancient and enduring Sioux concept of the hero, in its pulse-quickening, death defying, public-spirited glory. Most of all, with compassion and imagination, Frazier brings us into the private world of the reservation.

He portrays the survival, through toughness and humor, of a great people whose culture has shaped American identity. Family by Ian Frazier Book 16 editions published between and in English and Undetermined and held by 1, WorldCat member libraries worldwide Fraser traces his family’s history from the Revolution in Connecticut to the Civil War to the growing town of Norwalk, Ohio.

Talk stories by Jamaica Kincaid Book 5 editions published in in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide This collection of Jamaica Kincaid’s original writing for “The New Yorker”‘s “Talk of the Town” was composed when she first came to the United States from Antigua, from to

Lamentations Of The Father

In late , when David Frazier, a freshly minted Ph. We were trying to get inventive people. I believed we would get an invention from him.

From the opening essay, “The Bloomsbury Group Live at the Apollo (Liner Notes from the New Best-Selling Album)” to the title piece that discusses ways in whi.

Audible membership. Cancel anytime. Structured as a daybook of sorts, with the Cursing Mommy – beleaguered wife of Larry and mother of two boys, twelve and nine – trying more or less valiantly to offer tips on how to do various tasks around the home, only to end up on the ground, cursing, surrounded by broken glass. From On the Rez, an investigation into the lives of modern-day Oglala Sioux written with an impressive mix of humor, compassion, and imagination, to Dating Your Mom, a side-splitting collection of humorous essays that imagines, among other things, how you might begin a romance with your mother, Frazier has demonstrated an astonishing ability to operate with ease in a variety of registers.

Here he tackles yet another genre with his usual grace and aplomb, and an extra helping of his trademark wicked wit. The wrong narrator could really sink this one – Cynthia Nixon makes her lovable and not whiny or scary. Like any comedic piece, especially one originally written in installments, it should be listened to as it was meant: one episode at a time. Otherwise it gets pretty wearing and predictable.

Taken in small doses, the inevitable format is part of the fun. This is the funniest book I have listened to since the halcyon days of S. Initially I was listening to the book as I walked around the neighborhood but stopped as I feared the spectacle of a middle-aged woman alternately laughing and crying to herself, apparently might attract unfavorable attention, i. Not only was the book funny, it was cathartic as well. Cursing Mommy’s long rants against everybody, especially the Bush Administration, left me feeling curiously relieved, lighter almost.

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Ian A. Now a writer for The New Yorker, he has multiple publications under his belt: essay collections, humor books, nonfiction pieces. Fifteen Minutes sat down with him to talk about childhood pranks, finding a voice, and his time at a porn magazine. Can you recall the moment when you first realized that you were funny? Frazier: When Tina Fey told me I was funny.

Dating Your Mom is a collection of essays Frazier wrote for The New Yorker. Normally The New Yorker is a bit of xenobiology for those not in NYC, but Frazier​.

July Michael Farrelly fiction Dating Your Mom by Ian Frazier One of the most common sayings that run through liberal arts departments goes, “Well, you may not make as much as the finance majors, but you will be fascinating at cocktail parties. Reviewing comedy is a bit like herding cats. So rather than dissect some of the funny parts and ruin the joke for you let’s just look at the set-ups for Frazier’s essays.

The title essay, “Dating Your Mom,” is both eerie and hysterical. Obviously the incest taboo leaps to all of our dirty minds but Frazier makes it sound all but romantic: “Or perhaps she comes into your room to bring you some clean socks. Take her by the wrist, pull her close and say ‘Mom, You’re the most fascinating woman I’ve ever met. After reading the dark histories of the Third Reich and realizing how totally barmy the man at the top of it was, Frazier’s vision does not seem all that far-fetched.

Frazier knows that literary comedy is a tightrope act. On one side you have the abyss of snobbery, on the other the long dark of just not being very funny. Bad literary comedy is like a smell that won’t leave. Frazier does not stink in the slightest. Unlike the mind-numbing John Grisham or lengthy Tom Clancy, Ian Frazier’s bite-sized essays will leave you laughing and thinking all at once. Just in time for the cocktail party.

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Fresh from a memoir cum family history Family, , the author returns to the antic form with which he first made his name. Here is a gathering of his funny stuff culled from the pages of the Acme earned him a Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Dating Your Mom by Ian Frazier A copy that has been read, but remains in From the opening essay, ” The Bloomsbury Group Live at the Apollo (Liner Notes​.

Of Uneven Quality I think the title essay is hilarious, and I’ve given several copies of the hardbound version of that individual essay as gifts. The collection under review has a few other essays Consulter l’avis complet. A longtime New Yorker—and prolific contributor to the magazine of the same name Account Options Connexion. Afficher l’e-book.

Lamentations of the Father : Essays. Ian Frazier.

IAN FRAZIER / The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days

The public portion of the program begins at p. A nonfiction writer and humorist, Frazier combines first-person narrative to capture contemporary life and travel narratives that explore American history and geographyespecially the American West. As a staff writer for The New Yorker for 21 years, he wrote feature articles, humorous sketches, and was a frequent contributor to the magazine’s “Talk of the Town” section.

In , Frazier left Manhattan for Montana, where he began the research for Great Plains , a journey of more than 25, miles through the American West. He returned to the West for On the Rez , an account of the friendships he made during his travels.

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Seriously Funny

Ian Frazier is perhaps best known as a humor writer, with his books “Dating Your Mom” and “Coyote vs. Acme” serving as his calling cards. But Frazier has always balanced his funny material, much of which has appeared in The New Yorker, with serious nonfiction, much of it pursued with the ardor of a relentlessly curious mind and, increasingly in recent years, a passion for social justice. In his new collection, “Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces,” the author is in largely serious mode, rooting out the causes and effects of homelessness and poverty in New York and elsewhere, investigating the heroin epidemic on Staten Island, and elegizing a suicide.

With his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and and Travels in Siberia, as well as Dating Your Mom, Lamentations of the Father, and The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days. Travel / Essays & Travelogues.

Whenever asked to recommend a writer, I feel the struggle that no doubt many writers face: Just one? What about Social Studies by Fran Lebowitz? Or anything by Charles Bukowski? I could go on, and on, and on. Over the past few years, however, I have found myself recommending, praising, and pouring over one writer more often than any other: Ian Frazier. Of all his books, it is his three collections of humor I return to the most and by most, I mean on a near daily basis.

More specifically still, I read and reread his third collection, published in , Lamentations of the Father. This was during my second year of undergraduate studies, a couple years after finding the rich rewards to be had by reading Woody Allen, Dorothy Parker, David Sedaris, and others. In Lamentations of the Father , Frazier adapts the following forms to essay, to reference just a few:. The essay in fact, all of the essays in the collection operates as an extended joke: tension and release.

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